CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 03 DECEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR KHASHOGGI DEATH: IS SYRIA THE KEY? OWAISI WILL HAVE TO FLEE FROM HYDERABAD: YOGI P4 RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 41% TEMPERATURE Min: 17.1°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:02 hrs MOON SETS 14:15 hrs Moon phase: Next quarter on 4 Dec THUMBNAILS The new Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora takes charge in his office in the Capital on Sunday. SNS Cop recruitment exam cancelled: A written exam for recruitment of Gujarat police constables was Sunday cancelled hours before it was scheduled to commence after authorities learnt that the paper had got leaked. As many as 8.75 lakh candidates were to appear for the exam which was to start at 3 pm at 2440 centres across Gujarat. Chief minister Vijay Rupani has directed the state home department to take immediate action in connection P5 with the incident. Setback for Netanyahu: Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could force the long-serving prime minister to step down, with the head of the opposition Labour party, Avi Gabbay, renewing his call for Netanyahu to resign. P9 No PRC changes: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik has refuted allegations that he was making some structural changes in the procedure for issue of the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to bonafide residents of Jammu and Kashmir. In a late evening communication to former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who had expressed apprehensions in this regard, Malik made it clear that there was no move to make any changes in the PRC law. P11 India can help Pakistan combat terrorism: HM Pakistan foreign minister defends ‘googly’ remarks PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAIPUR, 2 DECEMBER ome minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday that Pakistan can seek India's help if it cannot handle the fight against terrorism alone. He asserted there have not been any major terrorist -related incident in the country in the over four years of the Narendra Modiled NDA government. “I want to tell the Pakistani prime minister (Imran Khan) that if in Afghanistan, a fight can be carried out against terror and Taliban with the help of the US, then Pakistan can seek help against terrorism from India if it feels that it cannot handle it alone,” he said. Addressing a press conference here, Singh said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue as it was an integral part of the country. “The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it,” Singh said. The home minister also accused the Congress of creating a crisis of distrust in politics and claimed there was a difference between H their words and deeds. “I do not want to claim that terrorism has stopped, but no major terrorist incident has happened in the country in the last four-anda-half years,” he said. Terrorism is confined only to Kashmir where also the situation is improving, Singh said, adding that the panchayat elections in J&K are being conducted successfully. “The government has brought Jammu and Kashmir into political process. As far as terrorism is concerned, there is no second thought that it is Pakistan sponsored,” he said. The Union minister asserted that the country and its borders are safe. Terrorism has reduced and the problem of Naxalism will get eliminated from the country in the coming years, he added. Maoist-related incidents have come down by 50-60 per cent in the last four years, he said, adding that from 90 districts earlier, only 8-9 districts are Maoistaffected and that the problem will be eliminated in the next three to five years. Hitting back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his statement that surgical strikes were conducted during the UPA regime also, the home minister Five Indian IL&FS workers still held captive in Ethiopia PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 2 DECEMBER Two of the Indian IL&FS employees held hostage in Ethiopia by unpaid local staff have been released on health grounds, leaving five still in captivity, a source said. The two had sent an e-mail from captivity to the Indian Embassy on their medical condition, the source said, adding that the embassy helped in securing their release. Harish Bandi, one of the two released, was suffering from gastric issues and swelling in one of his fingers while the other, Bhaskar Reddy, was down with severe fever. “A mail was written to the Indian Embassy in Ethiopia, which acted promptly and with the help of local police the two employees were released,” the source said. Both the employees were taken to a local hospital near the project site with the help of police, and from there to the capital city, Addis Ababa, where they are recuperating. The five employees still in captivity are surviving on rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables they had grown in their camp area, but the stock may not last for long, the source added. Four staffers ~ Sukhvinder Singh, Bishnu Nagaraju, Chaitanya Hari and Khurram Imam ~ are under house arrest at one of the locations of the Nekemte-Bure road project, while another, Neeraj Raghuwanshi, is been held hostage at a different location. The seven Indian workers of a unit of IL&FS have been held hostage since 25 November at three sites in Ethiopia's Oromia and Amhara states by unpaid local staff. IL&FS had defaulted on paying both taxes and local employee pensions for nine months. The local workers have supposedly not been given salaries for October and November by a subsidiary of IL&FS Transportation Networks (ITNL). A possible termination of some road projects being built by Indian and Spanish joint ventures may have triggered local employees to take such an action. An earlier attempt to escape by these seven employees was thwarted by locals. India to host 2022 G20 summit PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BUENOS AIRES, 2 DECEMBER India will host the annual G20 summit in 2022 for the first time, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the 13th G-20 summit here in the Argentinian capital on Saturday. He thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host. Italy was to host the international forum of the world's top 20 economies in 2022. The 14th edition will be held in Japan while Saudi Arabia will host the 15th. “In 2022 India completes 75 years since Independence. In that special year, India looks forward to welcoming the world to the G-20 Summit! Come to India, the world's fastest growing large economy! Know India's rich history and diversity, and experience the warm Indian hospitality,” Modi tweeted after making the announcement. G-20 members comprise Argentina, Australia, Brazil, P10 Terrorism in India confined only to J&K, situation improving: Rajnath Mainly clear sky with mist in the morning. Maximum and minimum temperature to be 28 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively Max: 28.1°C (N) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON RISES 02.04 hrs P7 'NO NEED FOR VERBAL BARRAGE' PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WEATHER Max.89% MACRON HOLDS CRISIS MEET OVER PARIS RIOTS Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA. During the G-20 summit, Prime Minister Modi noted that the grouping has completed 10 years and highlighted the cooperation among the members that restored growth and revival of growth post 2008 economic meltdown. The PM also highlighted the current challenges which the global economy, especially the emerging economies face. He highlighted the threat of increasing financial vulnera- bilities mainly arising from the monetary policies of advance economies and oil price volatility, India’s G20 Sherpa, Shaktikanta Das, said while briefing reporters. The prime minister also spoke about the unsynchronised policies of advanced economies and the uneven pace of the revival of the economies of various countries. He talked about the escalating trade tensions and the collateral damage it causes to the least developed countries and other emerging economies, Das said, referring mainly to the ongoing US-China trade war. The Prime Minister also talked about various multilateral institutions and stressed that there is a need to adopt the policy of a proactive and reformed multilateralism basically to activate the various multilateral, Das said. Modi also highlighted and stressed the price stability of crude oil because any instability in crude prices causes a lot of pressure, especially on domestic economies to adapt their economic policies because of price fluctuations. He pointed out that such price fluctuations affect and put pressure on the budgetary resources and the domestic finances of the emerging economies. Another important point which the prime minister highlighted is the need for carrying out reforms in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The PM also highlighted the need to adopt the nine point action plan on economic fugitives, Das said. India has already enacted a law on fugitive economic offenders keeping in mind the need for their early repatriation back into India along with their illegally acquired assets. CMYK sought to know why it was kept a secret. “They are saying this today. Why was the country not informed earlier? If our army had shown its valour and strength then should this country not have knowledge of this matter?” Singh asked. “Why was the attempt made to keep the valour and strength of the army hidden? Whose fear was it? I want to have an answer to this question,” he said. Responding to an alleged statement of AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi that 'Allah will defeat Modi (and Rahul Gandhi)', Singh said, “We cannot fight against the god of any religion. We do not want to fight like this as we do not believe in politics based on caste or religion. Our politics is based on justice and humanity.” On the issue of Hinduism, he said Congress is talking about the issue which it has avoided discussing till now. “Hinduism should not be connected with any sect, caste and religion. It is a way of living life and it is a human religion,” Singh said. ISLAMABAD, 2 DECEMBER Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday defended his controversial “googly” comments, which drew sharp criticism from India, saying that linking his remarks to “Sikh sentiments” was misleading. On Thursday, Qureshi had said Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government's presence at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor. The same Indian government that had said it will not engage with Pakistan sent two ministers to the ceremony, he noted. Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, along with Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, attended the event in Pakistan Punjab province. Qureshi's remarks drew strong criticism from external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who came down heavily on her Pakistani counterpart saying his comments “exposed” him and that Pakistan has “no respect for Sikh sentiments”. Harsimrat Kaur Badal also took exception to Qureshi's remarks and warned Pakistan that it should not use the Kartarpur Corridor issue and religion to fulfil its “evil designs” of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in India and particularly in Punjab. Qureshi took to Twitter on Sunday to respond to the criticisms. “Dragging my comment towards 'Sikh sentiments' is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent & mislead. What I said was strictly with ref to bilateral interaction with the Indian Govt,” he tweeted. “We have deep respect for Sikh sentiments and no amount of distortions or controversies would change it,” he said. He also said the Kartarpur Corridor was opened to fulfil the desires of the Sikh community. Nations pressed to tackle ‘urgent threats’ at UN climate talks KATOWICE, 2 DECEMBER With the direst environmental warnings yet ringing in their ears, nations gathered in Poland Sunday for a UN summit aimed at heading off the “urgent threat” of runaway climate change. The talks come at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming. The smaller, poorer nations that will bear its devastating brunt are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement. In Paris three years ago, countries committed to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius, and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible. But with only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, the world has already seen a crescendo of deadly wildfires, heatwaves and hurricanes made more destructive by rising seas. At the COP24 climate talks, nations must agree to a rulebook palatable to all 183 states who have ratified the Paris deal. This is far from a given: the dust is still settling from US President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris (P10) accord. AFP
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